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Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 11/25/2011 2:17:21 PM

By Thomas Elness

Edgerton-Ellsworth and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross faced off on Friday morning at Prep Bowl XXX. The two teams played in the same section until this season, and neither team had a championship title under their belt heading into the game.

Blake Jouwstra started the scoring for the Edgerton-Ellsworth, getting in from 13 yards out for the first score of the game. The two-point conversion was successful after a great catch in the end zone by Dan Kramer.

Wolfgang Brink scored on a 4-yard carry to put Wheaton/Herman Norcross within two points at 8-6. Brink then took a carry for 37 yards, setting up a touchdown on a quarterback sneak from Tyler Schwagel. The two-point conversion failed, resulting in a 14-8 Wheaton/Herman-Norcross lead.

Edgerton answered the score with one of their own, and fast. In just 51 seconds, the Dutchmen tied the score on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Heard to Hulstein. The two-point conversion failed and the teams were tied at 14.

That tie held until halftime. At the break, the score was the same but the stats were very different. Wheaton had 30 carries and one completed pass. Edgerton-Ellsworth had 11 completed passes and just five carries.

The opening drive to the second half was capped off with a 42-yard touchdown from Wheaton’s Gregg Cronen. The two-point conversion was good, carried by Wolfgang Brink and the Warriors took the lead at 22-14.
Isaac Heard then threw to Casey Schilling to tie the game up at 22. Heard completed the score with a successful two-point conversion to tie the game for the second time.

A 76-yard touchdown from Heard to Hulstein not only gave Edgerton-Ellsworth at 28-22 lead, it also gave Hulstein an individual Prep Bowl record for receiving yards (198). The previous record was held by Judge Gisslen of Triton with 171 yards. The touchdown pass gave the Flying Dutchmen a 28-22 lead.

Wheaton kept the rushing attack alive with another score, this time from nine yards out by Michael Persing. The PAT was no good and the two teams were tied yet again, 28-28.
The tie did not sit well with Edgerton-Ellsworth, and the Dutchmen decided to break another Prep Bowl record, this time in passing yards. Heard broke the record on a one-handed touchdown grab by Blake Jouwstra. The two-point conversion was a success and Edgerton-Ellsworth regained the lead at 36-28.

That lead would last for the duration of the game and Edgerton-Ellsworth would claim its first football state championship.

Heard finished with a Prep Bowl-record 368 passing yards and five touchdowns. Hulstein had seven catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns, Schilling caught seven passes for 82 yards and a touchdown and Jouwstra caught six passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Wheaton/Herman-Norcross totaled 396 rushing yards, with Schwagel carrying 15 times for 117 yards. Schwagel, Cronen, Brink and Persing all scored rushing touchdowns for the Warriors.

With the solid running attack, the Warriors were able to control the ball by over ten minutes more than the Dutchmen, but Edgerton-Ellsworth prevailed, winning by 36-28.

--Thomas Elness, a senior at Windom High School, is a charter member of the MSHSL Student Sports Information Directors program.


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